The question of whether or not the Broncos should entertain the idea of signing Kaepernick comes down to a few things.
1. Is he interested in being Drew Lock’s backup/QB3 in Denver until he can play in the 2020 preseason?
This would have to be a two-year deal for Denver because there’s no point in Kaepernick playing the rest of this season. This move would be all about getting him into the program in 2019 and ready to contribute as a backup in 2020.
Personally, I don’t mind the idea of Kaepernick as the Broncos’ backup in 2020. Like we mentioned before, QBs are currency.
2. Is John Elway willing to swallow his pride and make the move?
We’ve seen it before with Brock Osweiler. Is this situation any different? Maybe a little bit. But would Vic Fangio vouch for him?
Even at 32/33, you could do worse than Kaepernick as a backup QB.
3. Is the risk worth the reward?
The follow-up question to that is, what is the risk and what is the reward?
The risk is that Kaepernick doesn’t work out as a QB, and that’s really it for me. This has to be a football move.
The greater risk may be letting some other team sign him and letting them reap the rewards.
The reward is that Kaepernick possibly plays well when given the chance, and ends up as a strong backup or fetches a nice draft pick in a trade.
I’m definitely not opposed to this move, and I’m definitely opposed to the Broncos not attending the workout. This is a team starved for help at quarterback. They should be turning over every stone to find help at this position on the depth chart, even if their QB1 of the future is Drew Lock.
Kaepernick could provide experienced depth, he has (or had) a relationship with the head coach, and he’s played in big games. My ultimate verdict would be to seriously consider this move, I’m just not so sure the Broncos will.